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Common Examples of Wage Theft in Illinois


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Wage theft and overtime violations are common throughout Illinois. Take a look at these common examples of wage theft to see if you may be owed unpaid wages or overtime.

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Common Examples of Wage Theft in Illinois

  1. 1. Common Examples of Wage Theft in Illinois presented by Markoff Leinberger consumer law attorneys
  2. 2. Wage theft and overtime violations are unfortunately fairly common. Have you been a victim?
  3. 3. UNPAID OVERTIME One of the most common ways employers cheat employees out of wages is through denying overtime pay by: Refusing to log overtime hours Misclassifying employees Failing to pay for all hours worked Failing to pay time and a half Improperly measuring overtime eligibility Splitting hours between different locations
  4. 4. Improper Timekeeping Employers will often round time on the clock down, which may not seem like a lot but adds up. In addition, employers may record breaks even if you worked through them.
  5. 5. Illegal Deductions Some deductions, such as taxes or social security, are perfectly legal. However, if an employer takes other deductions from your paycheck that you did not agree to in writing, it is illegal and you may be owed that money.
  6. 6. Improper Tip Pooling While tip pooling is legal in Illinois, tip pools cannot include non-tipped employees such as cooks or dishwashers. Employers and supervisors are also not eligible to share in tips. Servers must make at least minimum wage with the addition of tips; the employer must make up the difference otherwise.
  7. 7. Not Paying Vacation Time If you quit or are let go, you are entitled to be paid for any unused vacation time you've accrued.
  8. 8. Misclassifying Employees Businesses often try to save on costs by misclassifying employees as independent contractors, as independent contractors are not entitled to benefits or worker's compensation. However, if your employer dictates your schedule, how and where you do your work, and limits you from working for other companies at the same time, you should be considered an employee.
  9. 9. How Can We Help? Our experienced consumer law attorneys can help you fight to obtain the wages and overtime you rightfully deserve, plus "liquidated damages" that may be equal to the amount of wages owed.
  10. 10. Contact Markoff Leinberger Consumer Law Attorneys Call us at 877-905-5161 or Fill out our "contact us" form